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A comprehensive series of double CDs chronicling the evolution of soul from its beginnings in the churches of the southern states
through the dance halls of the chittlin' circuit to the sophisticated supper clubs of the urban centres.

covers Detroit and New York

New York Soul Vol3 New York Soul Vol3

NewYork LP

The Big Apple had long been a leading centre of Afro-American music, from the Tin Pan Alley days right through to the fifties and sixties. By 1966, when soul was the dominant musical form, New York was THE recording centre of the US, with more records produced here than anywhere else. And while there aren’t many hits represented here and you may not have heard of half of the singers, these tracks represent the sound of the city rather better than many big label productions. This is the sound of the streets and the clubs. It’s music from way below the radar, bringing together all the branches of the soul tree from funky R & B to sweet group soul, from pounding uptempo dancers to big city cry ballads. These grooves speak to the feet and to the heart – what more could anyone ask for?

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SIDE 1

1. JR. LEWIS  Git Ta Steppin
2. BILLIE DEARBORN  Down
3. JIMMY NORMAN   This I Beg Of You
4. GLADYS TYLER  A Little Bitty Girl (With A Great Big Mountain Of Pride)  
5. BILLY HAMBRIC    You're A Sweetheart 
6. JIMMY GARLAND  Baby One More Time
7. LORRAINE RANDOLPH    It's Over Between Us  

SIDE 2

1. JIMMY RADCLIFFE That Lucky Old Sun
2. BOBBY MCNUTT     I'm Gettin' Ready
3. PEARLEAN GRAY    I Don't Want To Cry
4. DUFF THURMOND    Now That You Left Me
5. HARRISON BROTHERS  Crying Won't Help You Now
6. LORETTA WILLIAMS    Baby Cakes 
7. ICEMEN    Only Time Will Tell
8. TED TAYLOR    Help The Bear

 

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Available in October

The Big Apple had long been an important centre of Afro-American music, following on from its Tin Pan Alley status, and this trend continued after World War Two. Together with large independent labels like Atlantic and Jubilee, smaller labels jostled for sales in a crowded marketplace, recording almost all the black music styles: country blues, city R&B, gospel, doo wop – and everything in between.
By 1966, soul was the dominant musical genre throughout the US, and New York was THE recording centre, producing more records than anywhere else. This CD avoids the better-known hits, and you may not have heard of a lot of the singers, but these tracks, often from tiny labels, represent the sound of the city rather better than many big label productions. This is the sound from the streets and clubs - music that got heard and appreciated way below the radar.
We’ve brought together all the branches of the soul tree from funky R&B to sweet group soul, from pounding uptempo dancers to big city cry ballads. There’s something in these grooves for the feet and for the heart – what more could anyone want?

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DISC 1
1. Billie Dearborn Down
2. Billy Hambric You're A Sweetheart
3. Jr. Lewis Git Ta Steppin
4. Duff Thurmond Now That You Left Me
5. Gladys Tyler A Little Bitty Girl
6. Johnny & The Expressions Shy Girl
7. Harrison Brothers Crying Won't Help You Now
8. The Icemen (My Girl) She's A Fox
9. Wade Donald Walking
10. Gene Burks You Got It
11. Jimmy Norman This I Beg Of You
12. Joe Haywood Let's Walk Together
13. Little Buster All Night Worker
14. Kenny Ballard Your Letter
15. Jimmy Garland Baby One More Time
16. Little Charles It's A Heartache
17. Lorraine Randolph It's Over Between Us
18. Pearlean Gray I Dont Want To Cry
19. Ronnie Mitchell Come On Home To Me Baby
20. Ted Taylor Help The Bear
21. Tommy Duncan I Brought It On Myself
22. The Thieves I'm Not The One
23. Roy Hamilton Crackin Up Over You
24. George Freeman I'm Like A Fish
25. Porgy & The Monarchs That Girl
26. Lenny Jennings Easy Baby
27. J B Troy Live On
28. Bobby Lee My Luck Is Bound To Change

DISC 2
1. Jimmy Radcliffe That Lucky Old Sun
2. Loretta Williams Baby Cakes
3. Bobby McNutt I'm Gettin' Ready
4. Jr. Lewis Nobody's Fault (But Mine)
5. Billy Hambric Flaming Mamie
6. Charles Hodges You Were Using Me
7. Chris Hamilton I've Got To Cry
8. Jerry Butler Loneliness
9. Johnny Newbag The Poorer The Man
10. Larry Hale Once
11. Mary Wheeler Fresh Out Of Teardrops
12. Kenny Ballard  I'm Losing You
13. Frank James Give Your Sweet Love To Me
14. Willie Kendrick You Can't Bypass Love
15. The Icemen Only Time Will Tell
16. Little Buster I Think I'm Falling In Love
17. Inez & Charlie Foxx Come By Here
18. Valentine Adams I Found A Love
19. Porgy & The Monarchs If It's For Real
20. Roy C Gone Gone
21. Darlene McCrea I Feel A Little Bit Better
22. Sammy Jones Nothing Can Change This Love
23. Solomon Burke Suddenly
24. Jimmie Raye You Don't Want My Love
25. Rick Lancelot Nobody Wants To Hear Troubles
26. Nella Dodds I Just Gotta Have You
27. Donald Height You're Gonna
Miss Me

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Detroit 2

The black music scene in post war America was dominated by the emerging urban, electrified R&B scene in Chicago. Nearby Detroit was musically dwarfed, with much of its talent being drawn to the Windy City, but as the 50s drew to a close, things began to change. Detroit’s population bulge coincided with the consumer boom, making its age profile younger than its neighbour’s. Thousands of southern black migrants were joined by many immigrants from Europe come to work in the automobile industry. Henry Ford’s pay was good, and with plenty of disposable income available for its inhabitants, Detroit became the goodtime capital of the USA.

Hundreds of bars, clubs and backroom record labels emerged, hosting a tidal wave of new talent. By 1960, although it was still too early for any definitive Detroit sound to be identifiable, the city was developing a lighter, more popular style than neighbouring Chicago. It was spearheaded by a young man from Gladstone Street, whose distinctive Motown sound went on to dominate the 60s pop charts.

The tracks on these CDs represent the cream of this transitional pre-Motown era, when various labels, artists and producers were putting out popular music that they hoped might get noticed and sell enough to make them rich and famous. In 1963, Detroit had by far the fastest growing black music industry in the USA, not just recorded music but a live gig scene just as prolific. Back then no one knew that Berry Gordy Jr would emerge victorious and define the Detroit sound for the decade that followed.

Sit back and enjoy another batch of Detroit gems.

In the 32 page booklet, each track is given a quarter-page with details of the release plus label shots, period photographs and interesting notes from Keith Rylatt...Overall this is terrific music with great presentation and is a real source for discovery...This compilation should appeal to all readers who have soul in their system... An excellent release and worth investigating.
Blues & Rhythm Keith Scoffham

As with previous History Of Soul product reviewed on this site, the selection has been well thought-out and the presentation is top-notch, appeal here going well beyond the core niche of Detroit devotees.'
Basement Group David Cole. STAR PICK*****

Detroit Scrapbook
The History Of Detroit Soul 1957-1963 Volume Two
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1. I Need You - The Van Dellos Card 558 1961
2. Miracles -The O'Jays Apollo 759 1961
3. Troubles -  Lee Rogers Mah's 000.9 1962
4. One Of These Days -  David Ruffin Anna 1127 1961
5. You Knows What To Do -  Barrett Strong Tamla 54029 1960
6. Hurricane Of Love - The Four Holidays Unissued 1961
7. Playboy (Don't You Play In School) -  Melvin Davis Fortune 551 1962
8. All Right -  The Distants Warwick 577 1960
9. It's Gonna Be Hard Times - Saundra Mallett  Tamla 54067 1962
10. While The Cat's Away - The Barons Soul 838 1961
11. Mr. Fine Bobbie Smith -   Big Top 3085 1961
12. Money (That's What I Want) - Richard Wylie Motown 1009 1961
13. That's No Lie - Gino Parks Tamla 54042 1961
14. Oh Lover Singin - Sammy Ward  Motown 1004 1960
15. Envy Of Every Man - Ty Hunter Checkmate 1002 1961
16. Fast Choo Choo - Willie Jones  Metro 20030 1959
17. She's My Heart's Desire - The Ohio Untouchables Lu Pine 109 1962
18. Little Ole Boy-Little Ole Girl -  Loe & Joe Harvey 112 1962
19. Too Smart - Shorty Long Tri-Phi 1015 1962
20. I Feel It - Ruben Fort Anna 1117 1960
21. Thunder In My Heart -  Timmy Shaw Bon 003 1962
22. Oh Mother Of Mine - The Temptations Miracle 5 1961
23. She Don't Love Me - The Spinners  Tri-Phi 1018 1962
24. My Baby Won't Come Back -  Martha & Vandellas Gordy 7011 1962
25. It Don't Mean A Thing - Calvin Williams  Target 501  1962
26. I'm So Sorry - Mary Wells Motown 1011 1961
27. Your Love Is Amazing - The Ohio Untouchables Lu Pine 110 1962
28. Save Me From This Misery -  Richard Street  Thelma 82335 1962

1. You Killed The Love (extended) Betty Lavett  Lupine unissued 1962
2. Any Way You Wanta Harvey Tri-Phi 1017 1962
3. Let Me Be Your Boy Wilson Pickett Correc-Tone 501 Cub 9113 1962
4. Midnight Session (Pt 1) The Merced Bluenotes 
5. It Ain't Love Johnny West  Soul 841 1963
6. Now He's Gone The Dream Girls Big Top 3129 1962
7. So Grateful The Contours Gordy LP-901 1962
8. Let's Kiss and Make Up The Falcons Atlantic 2179 1962
9. Make A Change Johnny Rodgers  Amon 4619 1963
10. It's Been A Long Time Yvonne Vernee Sonbert 3475 1963
11. A Man's Confession The Technics Chex 1012 1963
12. I'm A Lonely Guy Timmy Shaw Audrey 010 1963
13. What's My Destiny Joe Stubbs Lu-Pine 120 1962
14. I Let Myself Go Geraldine Hunt Checker 1028 1962
15. He's The One That Rings My Bell Sherri Taylor  Gloreco 1002 1962
16. It Takes A Lot The Seminoles Checkmate 1012 1962
17. Too Far To Turn Around The Sty-Letts Pillar 515 1962
18. I'm Depending On You Bobby Williams Lu Pine 111 1962
19. I'm a Coward Gino Washington Correc-Tone 503 1962
20. Fortune Teller Tell Me Lamont Dozier Mel-O-Dy 102 1962
21. Little Girl Roger Wade Harmon 1003 1962
22. Let Me Know Willie Kendricks Chess 1040 1963
23. I've Gotten Over You The Sonnettes KO 0001 1962
24. Poor Little Girl The Taylor Tones Starmaker 1926 1962
25. My Baby Mack Rice Lupine 119, 1019 1963
26. Be Good To Your Baby Gail Noble D.F.D. 1003
27. Mind Over Matter Nolan Strong Fortune 546 1962
28. (I Don't Want No) Part Time Love Benny McCain Lupine 126 1963

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Detroit

The black music scene in post war America was dominated by the emerging urban, electrified R&B scene in Chicago. Nearby Detroit was musically dwarfed, with much of its talent being drawn to the Windy City, but as the 50s drew  to a close, things began to change. Detroit’s population bulge coincided with the consumer boom, making its age profile younger than its neighbour’s. Thousands of southern black migrants were joined by many immigrants from Europe come to work in the automobile industry. Henry Ford’s pay was good, and with plenty of disposable income available for its inhabitants, Detroit became the goodtime capital of the USA.

Hundreds of bars, clubs and backroom record labels emerged, hosting a tidal wave of new talent. By 1960, although it was still too early for any definitive Detroit sound to be identifiable, the city was developing a lighter, more popular style than neighbouring Chicago. It was spearheaded by a young man from Gladstone Street, whose distinctive Motown sound went on to dominate the 60s pop charts.

The tracks on this CD represent the cream of this transitional pre-Motown era, when various labels, artists and producers were putting out popular music that they hoped might get noticed and sell enough to make them rich and famous. Back then no one knew that Berry Gordy Jr would emerge victorious and define the Detroit sound for the decade that followed.

'As with previous History Of Soul product reviewed on this site, the selection has been well thought-out and the presentation is top-notch, appeal here going well beyond the core niche of Detroit devotees.'
Basment Group B Cole ..STAR PICK*****

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Disc One

  1. Love Me All The Way-Kim Weston
  2. Come On And Answer Me-Harvey
  3. I'll Never Break Your Heart-Joe Tex
  4. I'll Let You Know-The Del-Phis
  5. Power Of Love-The Ambassadors
  6. Baby Don't You Weep-Fred Bridges
  7. Nobody-Ruben Fort
  8. I'll Try Something New-The Miracles
  9. Here You Come-Hattie Littles
  10. Cooter Bug-Dave Hamilton
  11. Lah-Tee-Lah-Tah-The Falcons
  12. Action Speaks Louder Than Words-David Ruffin
  13. Won't You Let Me Know-J.J. Barnes
  14. Memories-Ty Hunter
  15. He Can't Love You-The 4 Hollidays
  16. The Headshrinker-Johnnie Mae Matthews
  17. The Way You Dog Me Around-The Diablos
  18. Can't Take It-The O'Jays
  19. A Letter From My Baby-Timmy Shaw
  20. I'm Tired-The Ohio Untouchables
  21. Hard Hearted Woman-Eddie Burns
  22. All The Love I've Got-Marv Johnson
  23. The Chaperone-LaBrenda Ben
  24. I'll Have to Let Him Go-Martha & The Vandellas
  25. Let's Talk It Over-Lamont Anthony
  26. Misery-Barrett Strong
  27. Brain Washer-Junior Walker All Stars

Disc Two

  1. Witchcraft In The Air-Bettye LaVette
  2. Whole Lotta Woman-The Contours
  3. I Don't Want To Take A Chance-Mary Wells
  4. Leap Frog-The Magnificent Seven
  5. I Found A Love-The Falcons
  6. Action Speaks Louder Than Words-Eddie Holland
  7. Don't Feel Sorry For Me-Jimmy Ruffin
  8. Someday We'll Be Together-Johnny & Jackey
  9. Honkey Tonk Woman-The Fabulous Playboys
  10. Come On-The Distants
  11. Never Let You Go-Marvin Gaye
  12. I Need You-Letha Jones
  13. I Won't Be Your Fool-Melvin Davis
  14. Just For You-Freddie Gorman
  15. Tie Me Tight-Bob Kayli
  16. I've Been Hurt-The Spinners
  17. Gino Is A Coward-Gino Washington
  18. Shock-Briant Holland
  19. He's So Fine-The Corvells
  20. Village Of Love-Nathaniel Mayer
  21. I Can't Stand It-The Seminoles
  22. Broken Hearted Me-The Martiniques
  23. Whistle My Love-Gladys Knight & The Pips
  24. Everyday-The Challengers
  25. The Hawk-Mike Hanks
  26. Why Oh Why-Allen Story

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It was the massive in-migration from the south during and just after the Second World War that made New York a mecca for rhythm and blues music. The whole city was aflame with music during the 50s. Musicians came in their droves. Old style country bluesmen, hip cool jazz players, crooners and balladeers, jump 'n' jive groups, solo performers – there was more than enough work for everybody. And behind them came the record companies, each one looking for talent to promote and make money from. And much of this melting pot of styles and musical approaches helped to form the new orthodoxy of the 60s – soul. These two CDs contain gospel-based blues ballads, uptempo dancers, vocal groups and duets, big bands, smaller combos, exciting one-offs - and everything in between. In fact the best of soul music in New York at the time – and it really doesn't get much better than this.

'Here's a fantastic compilation covering the big Apple roots of Soul,. Every once in a while, I'll get a collection that I keep finding myself needing to share the tracks with somebody, hearing some gem for the first time and it being so good that I had to grab someone and play it for them. Put that all together and you get a pretty special set, yet another great volume in a great series.'
(JM) NEW AT ROOTS & RHYTHM

'Any CD that has the guts to open with a Ray Charles track must know what it is doing . This double CD contains 64 amazing tracks 9/10ths of which are totally new to me. The History of Soul guys who compiled this collection call upon material from Atlantic, King and also obscure labels. This is a must for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the early years of Soul.'
Groovesville Blog USA. Chicago

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Disc One 1955-1961

1. Yes Indeed Ray Charles
2. House With No Windows The Checkers
3. St Louis Blues The Isley Brothers
4. Nobody Knows Kansas City Tomcats
5. If I Thought You Needed Me Little Willie John
6. I'm Going Crazy Tibbs Bros
7. Well Well Well Baby-La Nappy Brown
8. Didn't We Fool Them King Richard & The Poor Boys
9. Please Don't Go Johnny Acey
10. Pitiful Big Maybelle
11. I Can't Sit Down Marie Knight & Rex Garvin
12. I Had To Come Back To You Joe Tex
13. It's All Right Ray Charles
14. I'm Alright Little Anthony & The Imperials
15. Rain Down Tears Hank Ballard
16. That's All I Need Tommy Hodge
17. She's Gone The Gainors
18. Baby, One More Time The Drapers
19. What Makes You So Tough Teddy Humphries
20. Put On My Shoes Mary Ann Fisher
21. Please Don't Hurt Me Harrison Brothers
22. Say Yes The Top Notes
23. Where's My Money Willie Jones
24. Foolish Decision Doris Troy
25. Comin' Down With The Blues Don Covay
26. Heart Trouble Billy Lewis
27. Jersey City Bobby Long
28. Please Tell Me Why  Jackie Wilson
29. Bend A Little Shorty Billups
30. I'm Jealous Ike & Tina Turner
31. Tears On My Face Little Junior Lewis
32. Soul The Great Nathaniel

Disc Two 1961-1962

1. Do You Think That's Right Judy Clay 
2. Sleepless Ike & Tina Turner
3. Go On Back To Him Solomon Burke
4. You're Gonna Want Me Roger Washington
5. My Man Rockhead Eloise Carter
6. I've Learned My Lesson Helen Bryant
7. Sooner Or Later The Four Rivers
8. Lonely Avenue Pearl Woods
9. I Worship The Ground You Walk On Walter Rhodes
10. I Am Confused Over You Gladys Tyler
11. I Know What Love Is All About Paul Walters
12. Ninety Nine & A Half Won't Do Della Reese
13. My Man Thelma Harper
14. It Won't Be This Way Always Billy Weston
15. Slow Drag Bobby Dunn
16. Stop Running Around Gladys Knight & The Pips
17. You Got Me Uptight The Gay Poppers
18. Since I Fell For You Mary B
19. If You Ain't Got No Bread Billy Hamlin
20. I'm Coming Home  Buddy Lamp
21. I Just Can't Help It Jackie Wilson
22. It's A Man's World  Mary Ann Fisher
23. All In My Mind Linda Hopkins
24. I've Got A Feeling Baby Washington
25. Can't Take Another Heartbreak  Johnny Payne
26. I'll Do It For You Little Willie
27. I Will Cry Kip Anderson
28. My Tears Are Dry Hoagy Lands
29. Dig Yourself Les Cooper
30. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself Tommy Hunt

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 There was way too much great early soul, R & B and blues being produced in New York City to squeeze onto one double CD, so here we are again with another selection of the best. Several artists on this new compilation are very well known: Ray Charles, Little Willie John and Ike & Tine Turner for example, but many others less so. It speaks volumes about the wealth of talent in the Big Apple around the turn of the 60s that gifted singers such as Ruby Roberson, Bobby Long and Betty O’Brien never quite made the grade.

There is considerable variation in styles here too, from rough, untutored voices like King Coleman and Vernon Harrell to consummate stylists such as Chuck Jackson, Gladys Knight and of course Aretha Franklin. But alley blues and sophisticated uptown ballads alike played their part in the development of soul music. And therefore all the tracks on these CDs well deserve their inclusion in our History Of Soul series. Enjoy!

'First off I must say that having discovered your compilations earlier this year - both r'n'b and soul - I am completely blown away by the breadth and depth, quality and value of these compilations. They immediately became 'must buys' until your release rate caused me to slow down before I bankrupted myself. Keep up the good work.'
Malcolm Beattie (Rnb and Soul fan)

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Disc 1

  1. What Kind Of Man Are You        Dolores Johnson
  2. I Still Care   Big Maybelle
  3. Thirty Days  Clyde McPhatter
  4. I Want To Know     Lloyd Sims
  5. Can't Let You Go   Sugar Pie De Santo
  6. I Feel Good  Kip Anderson
  7. Let Love Go By      Baby Washington
  8. You Better Mind     Doris Payne
  9. Trouble        Little Frankie Edwards
  10. To Be Loved By You         Marie Knight
  11. Who You Gonna Love      Ray Charles
  12. Here I Am    Billy Guy
  13. Love Is A Question Ruby Roberson
  14. Don't Wait Too Long        Erma Franklin
  15. You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength  Gloria Lynne
  16. Love Is A Nightmare        Johnny Darrow
  17. Don't Stop The Wedding Ann Cole
  18. Operation Heartbreak      Aretha Franklin
  19. Daddy Rollin' Stone         Jimmy Ricks
  20. Smooth Operator   Sarah Vaughan
  21. No Regrets   Jimmy Barnes
  22. Leave My Kitten Alone     Little Willie John
  23. See About Me        Don Covay
  24. Tell A Whale Of A Tale     Wynonie Harris
  25. Just One More Time        The Isley Brothers
  26. You Don't Know What It Means          Jackie Wilson
  27. Gonna Find Me a Substitute      Ike & Tina Turner
  28. Why Me       Betty O' Brien

 

Disc 2

  1. I Need You   Eloise Carter
  2. Ain't That Funny    Gerri Granger
  3. My Nerves   Little Willie John
  4. You're No Good     Dee Dee Warwick
  5. I Wonder     Ray Charles
  6. Send For Me          Barbara George
  7. Something For You Baby Mary B
  8. You're The Boss     LaVern Baker/Jimmy Ricks
  9. Voodoo Woman     Curtis Knight
  10. He's A King  Barbara McNair
  11. You'd Be Crying Too        The Matadors
  12. Right Now    Pearl Woods
  13. Sticks And Stones Titus Tee Turner
  14. Did You Ever Dream Lucky        Bobby Long
  15. Your Old Lady        The Isley Brothers
  16. Operator      Gladys Knight & The Pips
  17. My Biggest Mistake         Joe Tex
  18. Rheumatism Ruby Roberson
  19. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend      Jackie Wilson
  20. She's A Winner      Ted Taylor
  21. Till Your Love Is Mine      Kip Anderson
  22. I Wake Up Crying  Chuck Jackson
  23. Tremblin'     Birdie Green
  24. Give   Mary Ann Fisher
  25. Down in the Basement    King Coleman
  26. Slick Chick   Vernon Harrel
  27. Poor Fool     Ike & Tina Turner
  28. What's the Matter Baby   Timi Yuro

 

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